Fashion is everchanging. But the people who pushed 2022 fashion to the limits were the many celebrities who dazzled on red carpets and press conferences with daring, fresh looks.
From the whacky to the controversial to the political, here are the celebrity outfits that pushed the boundaries in fashion like never before.
If you're up on pop culture, then you probably remember Kim Kardashian's outfit to the Met Gala 2022, or as we like to say, the dress heard around the world. Kardashian unearthed a crystal-embellished Marilyn Monroe dress from the archives – the same iconic dress Monroe wore to JFK's birthday in 1962, where she sang him a happy birthday.
As you might imagine, Kardashian wearing the dress caused…controversy, to put it mildly. Whether you agree with her wearing the dress or not, it's safe to say it was a showstopper.
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Many celebrities have voiced their support in light of the recent events in Ukraine, but leave it to Cate Blanchett to speak her support in style. Boasting a slim, sleek, sharp blue suit with an elegant yellow stripe running down the side, Blanchett made her support for Ukraine pop.
When actor and certified heartthrob Timothy Chalamet arrived at the 2022 Academy Awards, he dropped jaws with his black brazen blazer (say that three times fast), handful of necklaces, and no shirt. Chalamet, who's known to take fashion risks, made a big impact without wearing much of anything at all.
Euphoria and White Lotus star Sydney Sweeney made headlines when she arrived at the Euphoria season two photo call in a complete custom Miu Miu skirt and top. Even more impressive, the outfit was styled by Sweeney herself.
Lil Nas X
If you're not expecting Lil Nas X to bring the controversy, then we don't know what to say. Lil Nas X has fortified his position as a trendsetter in just about every area of his creative life, including fashion.
Never one to hold back, Lil Nas X arrived at the MTV Video Music Awards decorated in a stunning all-black haute couture outfit. Armed with the perfect balance of frills, feathers, and leather, this queer icon brought the carpet to a standstill.
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While some celebrity outfits took inspiration from nature or political conflicts, Blake Lively’s stylists took their inspiration from none other than the Statue of Liberty. Wearing a Versace gown that boasted a long, patinated copper and teal train, Blake Lively arrived at the Met Gala and let her dress demand all the attention.
Lizzo took the 2022 Met Gala gilded glamor theme seriously when she wore an intricate coat that took a whopping 22,000 to make. And, because she's one of the most talented artists in today's age, she stopped on the carpet to play a golden flute on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Who says fashion needs to involve clothes? Bella Hadid challenged the very idea of what it means to wear high fashion when she "wore" a spray-painted Fabrican dress at Paris Fashion Week. Keep the necklaces at home for this outfit, all you need is a can of spray paint and a jar of courage!
Julia Fox made headlines when she wore her pants as a purse rather than wearing them on her body. If you try this at home, just make sure you don’t wear that outfit into work!
Actress Tessa Thompson has been all over our screens and our hearts during the last year. As she walked red carpets for premieres like Westworld or Thor: Love and Thunder, Thompson always brought the fashion. One such outfit was her liquid-looking cut-out dress by Armani and a completely sheer, long, gold gown by and-coming label Interior.
Princess Diaries alum Anne Hathaway looked like royalty once again when she arrived at Cannes wearing a white sequin Armani Privé gown and a Gucci mini dress with statement sunnies.
Actress Florence Pugh has had quite the moment in 2022, and has been the central focus in a lot of recent controversy. In 2022, she wore a delightful Barbie-pink Valentino dress to the house's couture show in July, where she shut down trolls who criticized the sheer dress by telling them to respect humans.
Zoe Kravitz graced the press tour for her upcoming movie The Batman wearing a brooding gothic corset and two bust panels shaped like cat heads (it works, trust us) in honor of being Catwoman. This event marked the peak of the red carpet circuit, which overall spanned three countries.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith wore a stunning emerald green gown designed by Glenn Martens for Jean Paul Gaultier on the red carpet. The fitted bodice flared high neck, and sculptural skirt made for an impressive combination. The gown was originally showcased at Paris Haute Couture Week in January.
Needless to say, 2022 was quite the year in terms of celebrity outfits and fashion. We’re excited to see what the rest of 2023 brings, and what outfits will make the list next year. We don’t know about you, but we already have our list forming. Whoever makes it on our list, we hope that the bold accessories and fashion continue into the next year.
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